Zoo animals are, as far as we can tell, clueless about being in a zoo. They go about eating, sleeping, pacing back and forth, pro-creating, grooming, etc., with no awareness that they are part of a big enterprise called a zoo where people pay to come and view them, delight in them, be educated about them, and be amazed by them. Their view is so narrow and limited; they don’t see the big picture.
Are we humans viewing our own lives in a similar fashion? We go about eating, sleeping, going here and there, working, grooming, pro-creating, entertaining ourselves, etc., but do we see that life is much bigger than this?
There are two fundamental ways of looking at life. We can take a naturalistic view that existence consists of what we can experience with our five senses, that there’s no spirit world, no God, and no life after this life. The other view is that everything that exists is here on purpose, by design, by a creator/sustainer and that He, God, has His grand purpose for it all.
Both views are a statement of belief, a step of faith. Many of us hold to the latter view, that there is more going on in this universe than meets the eye or can be known by the other four senses. But even though we believe there’s a grand scheme to things, we can still live each day as if we don’t really believe it! Like the zoo animals we, too, can take a zootopian view, failing to act in a way that takes into account God’s grand scheme He’s unfolding.
For me, it helps to keep asking some probing questions as I go through each day. “God, what are you trying to show me or teach me through this?” “Lord, help me handle this situation in a way that will fulfill your purposes for me.”
Zoo animals have no clue how they play a part in making the zoological gardens a wonderful place. We, unlike them, don’t have to go through life being clueless. When we realize that God has a great plan for us that’s a part of His grand scheme of things, then life becomes the rich experience He meant it to be!
“But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him‘— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)